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IDRC invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve lives and livelihoods in the developing world. We focus on collaborative partnerships and projects proposed by research institutions and individuals.
 
To build a critical mass of knowledge in our priority areas, we fund individual research projects as well as larger research programs in collaboration with other donors.
 
We mainly support developing-country researchers. There are opportunities, however, for joint research projects between developing-country institutions and Canadian or international researchers and institutions.
 
We also offer fellowships and awards to both Canadian and developing-country graduate students.
 
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​Wood is a scarce resource across North Africa, yet it is commonly used in rural areas as fuel for baking bread in traditional ovens. Rural households can burn through more than one tonne of firewood a year, threatening to deplete forests. Working...
Reducing poverty in Atlas MountainsResearchers urge climate-resilience support for South African maize farmersTapping income from the Nefza ForestNew bean products to improve food securityNew research builds strong case for including informal migrant economies

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Maize yields in parts of South Africa could decline by up to 20% by the 2050s as a result of climate change, research has shown. This could have a dramatic impact on subsistence farmers, with the poorest likely to be hardest hit.South Africa’s...
Reducing poverty in Atlas Mountains Researchers urge climate-resilience support for South African maize farmersTapping income from the Nefza ForestNew bean products to improve food securityNew research builds strong case for including informal migrant economies

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​Latifa hails from an impoverished family in the Nefza region in northwest Tunisia. Like many women in the area, she struggles to make ends meet. Yet outside her home is a resource that can help lift her family out of poverty. Pressing the fruits...
Reducing poverty in Atlas MountainsResearchers urge climate-resilience support for South African maize farmers Tapping income from the Nefza ForestNew bean products to improve food securityNew research builds strong case for including informal migrant economies

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​New easy-to-cook bean products are set to improve food and nutrition security for low- and middle-income households in Kenya and Uganda. Researchers at Uganda's National Agricultural Research Organisation and the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock...
Reducing poverty in Atlas MountainsResearchers urge climate-resilience support for South African maize farmersTapping income from the Nefza Forest New bean products to improve food securityNew research builds strong case for including informal migrant economies

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The informal sector is a major source of income for the urban poor. Migrants play a critical role in the informal economy, yet the importance of their role is often overlooked. Two new studies supported by IDRC seek to address this gap.    ...
Reducing poverty in Atlas MountainsResearchers urge climate-resilience support for South African maize farmersTapping income from the Nefza ForestNew bean products to improve food security New research builds strong case for including informal migrant economies
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Knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world
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